Italian American actor Stanley Tucci was born in New York in 1960. He has directed five films and appeared over seventy films, including The Devil Wears Prada, Easy A, The Terminal, and Road to Perdition, as well as more than a dozen plays, on and off Broadway. He starred in Julie & Julia, opposite Meryl Streep, and The Lovely Bones, for which he earned his first Academy Award nomination, for Best Supporting Actor. He is the winner of two Golden Globes and two Emmys. Tucci's foody TV show, Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy, recently aired on CBS and is nominated for an Emmy.
The best adjective for The Tucci Cookbook is generous: from
portion sizes to the constant theme of hospitality to Tucci's
decision to donate a portion of the profits to the Food Bank of New
York City. The Tucci Cookbook will appeal both to serious
home cooks and to film buffs.--Pamela Toler, blogger for History in
"Chefs and actors share a wonderful bond, the warm friendship of their respective colleagues. Stanley has learned to straddle both professions and this terrific book is a testament. Stanley is totally passionate about his Italian culinary history, and he is extremely knowledgeable on the subject of how home cooks and professional chefs approach recipes. I adore his family anecdotes and recipes, especially when one region has a strong opinion how a tomato sauce is to be prepared. I am jealous, Stanley is the consummate actor/director, and now we can add chef/cookbook author. Well done!"
--Jonathan Waxman, author of Italian, My Way
"Stanley Tucci understands Italian food and Italian cooking. If that wasn't immediately apparent upon viewing his brilliant film Big Night, it will be when you read this book. . . . Stanley's co-author Gianni Scappin taught me everything important I needed to know about the food of Northern Italy. . . . His recipes and the techniques he taught me are fundamental to my life and have saved me from untold embarrassment every time I cook for my Italian in-laws."
--Anthony Bourdain, New York Times bestselling author of Kitchen Confidential
"Stanley's masterful artistry and talent on screen is inevitable, and having cooked with Stanley in my own kitchen, I can say with confidence that Stanley has talent behind the stoves as well. He is at ease and most skilled while cooking, and delivers truly delicious recipes. This cookbook is an intimate glimpse into the Italian heritage that Stanley holds dear--sharing the memories and flavors of his family table. And, it is with much admiration that I recommend this delicious read."
--Lidia Bastianich, New York Times bestselling author of Lidia's Italy in America